5 arrested, thereby proving the school-to-prison pipeline theory
Our neighbors here on the southwest side of Madison are all over Police Chief Mike Koval’s exposure of the juvenile justice system’s revolving door policy. (Recounted here.)
Then and now
Chief Koval says the system is “releasing people just as fast as arrests are made.
Officers report that when making arrests of some of these juveniles, they are wearing GPS monitoring devices attached from a previous court case. Increasingly, youthful offenders driving stolen vehicles are not hesitating to flee officers. Video obtained from some homeowners’ private cameras display a boldness that is both intentional and reckless. MPD is currently working a case where a number of juvenile offenders took part in breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a defenseless woman.
On the social media site NextDoor, a Mr. West from Meadowood writes, “This is about youth so David’s efforts to politicize it go too far although I do agree with some of his thoughts that speak to suggested solutions.”
Except that politics is what got us to where we are, Mr. West. From the police chief’s daily log:
12:17 p.m. Wednesday, September 12: A fight involving 5-7 students took place outside of West High School. In attempting to break up the fight, a school staff member was punched and spit on. There were five students (three 15-year-old AAFs and two 16-year-old AAFs who were arrested for their part in the altercation. All five juveniles were conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center. Investigation continuing.
This would be the very same Madison public school district whose school board is considering expelling — not the trouble makers but the police —from its four high schools. Folks, we elected these people to public office. That’s politics.
Expel the police AND empty the prisons
You want politics? How about the governor’s race? State education chief Tony Evers is challenging incumbent Scott Walker on the Democrat(ic) ticket.
Evers’ national association (he was a ranking officer) put out a report titled “Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs.” It says:
Funding programs for disadvantaged students may require hiring fewer school officers/security guards, whose benefits are outweighed by a negative influence on school culture and equity, and disproportionate consequences for students of color, and instead dedicate those resources toward hiring school counselors, mental and behavioral health workers, and nurses.”
As long as those behavioral health workers, and nurses, are willing to break up fights. And be spit upon.
Then again, Tony Evers wants to throw open the prison gates. Evers is on record saying a 50 percent cut in prison population is “a goal that’s worth accomplishing.”
PolitiFact finds that kind of reduction, unless spread out over decades, “could require releasing violent felons, according to Kenneth Streit, a clinical professor of law emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Quick, more resources!
Tony Evers has been state superintendent of education for eight years now and Milwaukee’s public schools are still a stygian sty of despair and dysfunction. More than half Milwaukee district’s public schools are rated as meeting few or no expectations on the state report card. Its finances are in turmoil. Its superintendent quit.
Like the good liberal-progressive-socialist he is, Tony has the answer: Throw More Money at the Problem!
“Evers is proposing sending millions of dollars more to the state’s largest school districts to help reduce the massive gaps in academic achievement between the districts’ students of color and their white counterparts,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Walker should do what he has threatened: take over the Milwaukee schools.
Bonus Platinum Subscriber Blaska Blast #1: if Scott Walker has an achilles heel, it’s the roads. But does anyone really think Tony Evers is going to be a road builder like Tommy Thompson was?
Bonus Blast #2: The City of Madison has something called an “equity coordinator.” Someone named Toriana Pettaway has the job. What does she do? The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes do not know. But the lady is running for mayor. Given Madison’s obsession with identity politics, Toriana Pettaway could win.